CNN host Fareed Zakaria is in the crosshairs after being accused of plagiarism for a gun-control column.
The network said Friday it had suspended Zakaria, a foreign-policy expert and the host of "Fareed Zakaria GPS," after questions arose about a column he wrote this month for Time headlined "The Case for Gun Control."
In the column, Zakaria alluded to the recent shootings at a Colorado movie theater and a Wisconsin Sikh temple, but the rest appeared to be borrowed heavily and without attribution from an April 22 New Yorker article about guns in America by Jill Lepore. For example, Zakaria cited the same striking gun statistics from Yemen and Switzerland that Lepore used.
“We have reviewed Fareed Zakaria’s Time column, for which he has apologized," CNN said in a statement. "He wrote a shorter blog post on CNN.com on the same issue which included similar unattributed excerpts. That blog post has been removed and CNN has suspended Fareed Zakaria while this matter is under review.” Time, which is owned by the same corporate parent as CNN, said it was also suspending Zakaria, for a month.